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By Clea Roberts

Whether conversing of erotic love, household lifestyles, non secular wasteland, or kin entanglements, the poems of Auguries, the much-anticipated moment assortment from Yukon poet Clea Roberts, are saturated with their northern panorama. Roberts is easily versed within the distances and dynamics among tedium and ecstasy, mild and darkish, isolation and solitude, freeze and thaw, movement and stillness. Her poems are spare and fresh, each one like a unmarried larch in a tremendous white undeniable; their exactness startling and arresting. because the Gerald Lampert Award jury quotation for her celebrated first booklet famous, “Her photographs . . . usually are not in basic terms crisp and particular, yet have the ability to talk about the actual stipulations of this position and its emotional panorama in a single and a similar lyrical breath . . .”

Written in the course of a interval within which Roberts either turned a mother or father and misplaced a mum or dad, the poems in Auguries lend themselves to prayer, quit, get together, reconciliation, meditation, and auspice.

Tell me
find out how to breathe
between
the painful
and the gorgeous,

my lips,
my eyelids
slow with cold.
(from “Cold Snap”)

“Clea Roberts writes poems of transparent, quiet attractiveness. They include the silence of conception: alive to the realm with open eye and open heart.” — Anne Michaels

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